Letters to the editor
ON BEHALF of the Whitsunday Sailing Club and committee behind the event, I would like to thank everyone involved in the 24th annual Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week 2013.
The event exceeded all of our expectations with 110 yachts and 800 participants from all over Australia, and even some from overseas, taking part in our regatta.
Now profiled internationally and known as a world-class regatta, Airlie Race Week provides a well needed boost to the local economy.
Eighty-six per cent of participants travelled from outside the region to attend the event, utilising accommodation, restaurants, retail and all other amenities.
Whitsunday Sailing Club is proud to be the host of an event which highlights the Whitsundays as a premier destination.
Our race week committee work tirelessly for months in advance to ensure this event continues to attract competitors and their supporters.
Thank you to the participants, our sponsors, volunteers and everyone behind the scenes of this year’s race week.
In particular, our naming rights sponsor, Paul Darrouzet, the new owner of Abell Point Marina.
Paul unreservedly got behind the event to provide infrastructure and a commitment to a community he has just recently called home.
It was great to see the marina buzzing each day of the event, and this atmosphere continued to spread throughout the region.
It is a pleasure to host this event each year. Rob Davis WHITSUNDAY SAILING CLUB COMMODORE Congratulations
CONGRATULATIONS must go out to the local Chapter of Skal International (the international society for tourism leaders) who hosted the National Assembly of the Australian organisation here in the Whitsundays on the weekend. We are very blessed by having an extremely proactive chapter of Skal here in the Whitsundays who have done some amazing projects over the past year.
The Assembly was also a great opportunity to showcase these initiatives as well as the Whitsundays to some of Australia’s leading tourism professionals and identities. Having heard directly from some of the participants, they were blown away with what is happening here in the Whitsundays.
Organising a conference of this type is often a thankless task, but a huge congratulations and thanks must be publicly given out to the Skal Whitsundays and in particular their executive for making it all happen. It was a huge success on so many levels. Well done guys! Danial Rochford CEO – WHITSUNDAYS MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT Thanks
THROUGH your pages I would like to thank all those who attended the Zonta Club Trivia night on Friday September 13 at the VMR.
It was a lot of fun and we made around $1300 which will go towards the “Zonta says No To Violence” project and our support of Breastcare in our area.
This was made possible by the generosity of the various local businesses who were mentioned on the night and will be thanked personally by us. Special thanks must also go to the great publicity for the evening through the Whitsunday Times over the last few weeks.
Due to the success of the evening, we will be doing it again –but not for a little while yet. Noelene Helman Secretary ZONTA CLUB OF WHITSUNDAYS Main street
CONGRATULATIONS to all those responsible for the beautification of two thirds of the main street i.e. between the north and south end of Waterson Way. Whilst the transformation of the street brings joy to the heart there is no doubt the next twelve months growth on the plantings will add the final touch of excellence.
Now what about the other one third section of the main street i.e. between the south end of Waterson Way and the Coconut Grove? I understand this section of street together with the full length of Waterson Way is the responsibility of the Queensland Main Roads Department.
As all of the above present an unkempt, untidy and uncaring picture relative to the now beautified section of the main street is. Is it possible for the Main Roads Department to provide their plans and timetable for the necessary upgrades? Ron Spence WHITSUNDAY RATEPAYER Water debate
THE average water consumption per person in an Australian household with reticulated water is 178 litres per day. The 2000 litres per day allocated by the Brunker Administration in Bowen and Collinsville equates to water consumption on the national average of 11.25 persons per household.
Under the funding model agreed to by the previous Council, there was to be an increase in the cost to ratepayers of 9% each year for four years, and then a 5% per year increase thereafter to fund the sewerage and potable water supply works for the region. The Brunker administration did not make this point very clear.
Under the Bligh Government proposed amalgamations, rates and charges across all regions were to be brought into alignment prior to the end of the first administration. This also did not occur under the Brunker administration.
The 9% was not applied to water services last year, so Coun- cil is in catch-up mode to fund the water treatment plants and a larger increase has therefore applied to 2013/14. If Council applied an increase of 18% to the previous years $733 in Bowen they would be paying $870 for the 750 kL allocation in 2013/14. It is not reasonable to compare the two part tariff to the $733 paid last year.
Under the two part-tariff there is no allocation of water. Every consumer of water across the region is charged the same rate for water consumption. The first tier at $0.84 is for water consumed up to 1kL/day for a billing period. This equates to 5.62 people per household on the average water consumption per person in an Australian household. The second tier is for water consumed in a billing period greater then 1kL/day and is charged at $1.44. The water reading period is approximately six months, but depends on when Council conducts the readings.
An important note to make is that the new water treatment plants being commissioned shortly have significantly increased the water services costs to Council - an increase in cost exceeding $2 million.
Under the 2013/14 Budget for Council, there is a forecasted increase in water of 4% in future years, compared to the 9% for a further two years and 5% thereafter in the original funding model for the water treatment plants. On this basis the current Council have actually lessened the increase per household that would have applied under the model agreed to by the Brunker administration. This point was not taken into account by Chris Monsour during the recent Levy Protest. Unless ratepayers consume large amounts of water, they will be better off in future years compared to that under the original funding model. Anthony Moscato SECRETARY WHITSUNDAY RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION